First look as Bad Education Series 5 begins filming

Wednesday 9th August 2023, 12:00am

Bad Education. Image shows left to right: Hoburn (Vicki Pepperdine), Stephen (Layton Williams), Mitchell (Charlie Wernham), Fraser (Mathew Horne). Credit: BBC, Tiger Aspect Productions, Jackpot Productions

Bad Education's fifth series has started filming this week, on location in London.

Stars Layton Williams, Charlie Wernham, Mathew Horne and Vicki Pepperdine all return as the staff of Abbey Grove secondary school. The six episodes will air next year on BBC Three.

Created by Jack Whitehall and Freddy Syborn, the sitcom debuted in 2012 and originally ran for three series. A tenth anniversary reunion special aired in December last year is BBC Three's most-watched comedy programme since its return as a television channel in February 2022.

The fourth series, which followed from early this year, attracted more than 1.1 million viewers, with the corporation labelling it one of the channel's most successful formats.

Series 4's supporting ensemble of students - Asha Hassan, Anthony J Abraham, Bobby Johnson, Laura Marcus, Ali Hadji-Heshmati and Francesca Amewudah-Rivers - also return for Series 5.

Layton Williams says: "I'm so buzzing that everyone embraced the new Bad Education! Thanks to yous, we're back and badder than ever, creating more chaos with a super talented bunch. More life, more laughs, more looks!"

Charlie Wernham says: "The response to the last series was phenomenal, I am so excited for the fans to see what we have in store for Series 5! We have such a wonderfully talented cast, crew and writing team who have so much fun making the show, I am truly grateful that we all get to do it again!"

Freddy Syborn, director, co-creator and executive producer, says: "Last year, Jack & I loved putting together our new crew of characters and collaborators. We couldn't be happier to be back - Series 5 is going to be more joyful than ever."

Sarah Fraser, executive producer, says: "Jack and Freddy did a brilliant job relaunching the series last year; leading a dynamic team of new writers, cast and crew. Expect even more disruption from Abbey Grove this term."

Richard Ackerman, executive producer, adds: "We're so delighted that Bad Education is back for another term of mayhem. We can't wait to deliver this next series with the amazing Layton, Charlie and all the cast."

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